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Man living in Disney’s Golden Oak Community wins Florida’s Mega Millions

A man who lives in Walt Disney World‘s Golden Oak community has just won the Mega Millions Lottery, according to WFTV Channel 9.

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Fifty-one-year-old David Messer is a resident of the Golden Oak Community at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort. Golden Oak is a resort-style community that “offers whole ownership of custom single-family homes at the Walt Disney World Resort.”

And while Messer is lucky enough that he already lives so close to each of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World, he recently had an amazing stroke of luck as a Florida resident. He is the winner of Florida’s Mega Millions lottery drawing, which was held on April 12 and took place at the Lottery‘s Orlando District Office.

Disney World's Golden Oak neighborhood draws more permanent residents –  Orlando Sentinel

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His winnings total $1 million.

According to lottery officials who represent Florida’s Mega Millions, David Messer purchased his ticket–the winning ticket–at Rebel, located at 7900 World Center Drive in the Orlando area. The retailer will be awarded a $1000 bonus commission for having the luck of selling the winning ticket for the Mega Millions drawing to Messer.

Lottery officials further say that David’s winning ticket matched all five of the white ball numbers. However, his ticket did not match the Mega Ball number.

But Messer wasn’t the only big winner in the Florida lottery. On April 22, another Mega Millions drawing was held at the Lottery‘s Jacksonville District Office. That drawing afforded Stephen Shields, 60, of Jacksonville, Florida, a $1 million prize as well. Like David Messer, Stephen Shields’s ticket only matched the five white ball numbers, not the Mega Ball number.

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Lottery officials say Shields purchased his winning ticket at the San Jose Food Mart, located at 11150 San Jose Boulevard in Jacksonville. The Food Mart will also be awarded a $1000 bonus commission for selling a winning ticket at its establishment.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!